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Story Time twice a week!
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Family Lego Time!
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Fun for Everyone!

Upcoming Events for Children

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News: Peabody Public Library offers ‘A Universe of Stories’ through Summer Reading Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (June 7, 2019) – Peabody Public Library invites patrons of all ages to be a part of their Summer Reading program, “A Universe of Stories.”

The 6-week program launched June 3, and will run through July 13. The Summer Reading program encourages patrons of all ages to participate in reading and hands-on activities throughout the six weeks.

“This summer we have something for everyone. We have family programs that include: an inflatable planetarium, HAM radio, Professor Steve, Bubble Trouble and Space Rockets with Johnny Tincap. We also have a ‘Crafternauts’ program for crafters, Universe of Stories Time, a cooking program, Escape Rooms, video game challenges and more. There’s always something to do at the library,” said Peabody Public Library Youth Services Librarian Mary Graber.

With ongoing classes and activities, the library’s Summer Reading program is a great opportunity for families to spend time with one another, and for people to meet and connect with new community members.

“The Adult Services Department, is embracing this year’s theme by offering a wide range of programs, including jewelry-making, creating space-themed terrariums, exploring various types of painting, and showing several ‘B’ movies. Our goal is to make the Summer Reading program as fun and accessible for adults in our community as possible. And of course, teens are also welcome to attend our programs,” said Peabody Adult Services Librarian Katy Southern.

The reading portion of the program is Bingo-style, meaning each patron will fill spaces on their cards after completing reading exercises. And what’s a game of Bingo without prizes? The library has lots of prizes to give away as participants fill up their cards.

Patrons can pick up Bingo cards at the library or download them online here.

Special thanks to the Friends of the Library volunteer group for helping raise funds to support the program.

Want to stay up-to-date on all events, classes and programming at the library? Follow the library on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for event and class updates, and visit www.ppl.lib.in.us and click the “calendar” icon on the homepage to check out the library’s online calendar.

 

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ABOUT PEABODY PUBLIC LIBRARY

The Peabody Public Library serves all individuals as a pathway to learning, culture and entertainment. The library has served individuals in Whitley County since 1901. In 1917, Simon J. Peabody donated lands and funds build Peabody Public Library on North Main Street in Columbia City, and it continued to serve the community well for many years. In 1999, the new state-of-the-art Peabody Public Library was built in Columbia City. The 29,688-square-foot facility located off Hwy 205, sits on 14-acres, and is the only library in the State of Indiana that is located on a wetland.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS

Mary Hartman (Peabody Public Library) – 260-244.5541 or mhartman@ppl.lib.in.us

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Summer Reading Program

Our theme for summer reading is “A Universe of Stories.” People of all ages are invited to join the fun and win prizes by participating in Summer Reading BINGO. For each BINGO completed people will pick out a prize of their choice and receive a golden ticket in a drawing for a themed basket. Summer Reading BINGO runs from June 3-July 13.


BINGO sheets may be picked up at the library or downloaded from these links:

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The results are in…Battle of the Books 2019

We had another FANTASTIC Battle of the Books event this year! On Saturday, March 23 we had 168 players and nearly 200 spectators at our 2019 Battle of the Books event at the library! We had 17 teams in the elementary school division, and 14 teams in the middle school division.

Congratulations to ALL the participants who worked so hard, it was a fun day for everyone!

 

2019 Battle of the Books Results:

Elementary School Division
1st Book Bosses from Little Turtle Elementary
Samantha Lickey
Audree Johnson
Braylynn Leazier
RJ Farris
Gavin Jones
Cece Noonnan

 

2nd Busco Eagle Readers from Churubusco Elementary
Kalli Williams
Charlotte Elliot
Delaney Ott
Clair Wagner

 

3rd Mast Maniacs from Churubusco Elementary
Jillian Wright
Cohen Egolf
Addison Reed
Patty Wiggs
Saige Merrill
Ali Hall

 

Middle School Division
1st Title Wave Turtles Indian Springs
Alina Houser
Airia Drummond
Lily Gladd
Ava Ward

 

2nd Traditionally Lit Readers Indian Springs
Eleanor Schmitt
Annabell Hoag
Kylee Ousley
Allison Crump
Tangie Hively

 

3rd Lit Library Lizards from Indian Springs
Sydney Bersel
Austin L. Shively
Andrew Brubaker
Melora Henney
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Spring Break FUN at the library! April 1 – 7

Staying home for spring break? Come hang with us at the library! Beginning April 1, we’ll have lots of spring break activities and classes happening at the library, from a scavenger hunt to balloon twisting, wild Ramen noodles and more! Bring a friend or pack up the whole family. But travel light, because you don’t have to travel far!

Check out our online calendar to see what’s happening at the library.

 

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Peeps on Parade! Peeps Diorama Contest 2019

Peeps on Parade is back at the library! What can you create with some imagination and cute little Peep marshmallows? Make your own diorama with Peeps and enter the contest! This contest is open to all ages.

Dioramas should be dropped off between 9 a.m. Monday, March 25 and 5:59 p.m. Friday, March 29. 

Learn more about the contest, and download the contest flyer and entry form here.

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We value your feedback! Youth Services Survey

Our Youth Services Department wants to learn more about how we can best serve YOU! We truly value your feedback, and would greatly appreciate it if you would take a few minutes to complete this survey. Please feel free to share this link with family and friends.

If you prefer to complete a hard copy of the survey, we also have surveys available at the library for patrons to complete.

The survey closes on February 28. 

Thank you!

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“Chill Out & Read” Winter Reading Program

“Chill Out & Read” is the theme this year for the Peabody Winter Reading Program! We invite patrons of all ages to join in on the fun, and win prizes by participating in Winter Reading BINGO.

Download the BINGO card (please note the age appropriate header at the top of each card) for the youth services department.

Download the BINGO card for the adult department.

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Online Resources

Preschool & Elementary Resources

 

ABCmouse.com: With 3,500+ interactive books, educational games, puzzles, and other learning activities, ABCmouse.com’s award-winning online curriculum is an invaluable resource for young learners (ages 2-6+). From Age of Learning, Inc. Free for use in our library.

 

A to Z logo

AtoZ the USA brings one of the most geographically, culturally, and ethnically diverse countries in the world to life in a beautifully-illustrated resource designed especially for libraries and schools. It contains more than 115 country-based articles and 115 state articles for each of the 50 US states, five US territories, and the District of Columbia. Library patrons and students will find unmatched coverage of the country’s people, history, economy, geography, symbols, culture, and society.

A to Z World Food LogoAtoZ World Food is a food culture, and traditional recipes database for 174 countries, with articles on food culture and ingredients, recipes, timelines, and high quality photos.


Before5.org gives parenting and educational ideas for parents of preschoolers. From the DEKKO foundation.

 

Explora for Elementary Schools, from Inspire is a student interface designed for use in Kindergarten through grade 5 with a focus on the Arts, Literature, Biography, Current Events, Geography and Culture, Health, History, Math, Science and more. Available within the state of Indiana.

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Kanopy Kids brings you thoughtful entertainment for children aged preschool and up. Parents can trust in a curated selection of educational and enriching videos on Kanopy Kids with developmentally appropriate, age-based ratings from Common Sense Media, as well as additional parental controls to keep kids safe. Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku. See FAQ page for more information.

 

PBS kids is an online site with educational games linked to PBS Kids television shows, including Arthur, Bob the Builder, Caillou, The Cat in the Hat, Curious George, Cyberchase, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Design Squad, Dinosaur Train, The Electric Company, Fizzy’s Lunch Lab, Martha Speaks, Nature Cat, Odd Squad, Oh Noah!, Peg + Cat, Plum Landing, Ready Jet Go!, SciGirls, Sesame Street, Sid the Science Kid, Super Why!, Thomas and Friends, Wild Kratts, and Word Girl.

 

Storyline Online logo

Storyline Online streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Storyline Online is available 24 hours a day for children, parents, caregivers and educators worldwide. Each book includes supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners.

Children & Pre-Teen Book Clubs

Note: These book clubs are self-paced and are not on the calendar.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Research indicates that reading every day with your child can help strengthen the relationship between child and parent, as well as create a love of learning that helps children succeed later in school. Peabody Public Library offers this program to children at least 18 months old until they start kindergarten. Contact the Children’s Department to find out how you can enroll your preschooler in the 1000 Book Club.

I Can Read!

This program is designed to motivate children in K – 2nd grade to build their reading skills. As children learn to read, the world around them opens to new vocabulary, interests, and possiblilities. The goal of this program is for the student to read to an adult or by themselves. Any Early Readers books can be read for the program. Each book that the student reads is recorded in a reading log, and completed reading logs are turned in for rewards. We hope this program will foster independent reading as well as a lifelong love of reading.

100 Books Before High School

This program is designed to encourage children from 3rd – 8th grade to increase their reading skills and introduce them to different genres of books. The list of over 150 books is a combination of fiction, historical fiction, classics, non-fiction and popular titles (click here to open the list in PDF format). When students have read 10 books, they can turn in evaluations and receive a book of their choice to keep from our collection of new paperback books. We hope this program will instill a lifelong love of books!

Reading Suggestions – Children & Teens